Helping to create a better world through education

10 September 2021
Posted by Study Group

Helping to create a better world through education

Earlier this week, the world marked the International Day of Charity, which was established to mobilise people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteering and philanthropic activities.

The date of 5 September was chosen for the International Day of Charity, to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress."

In an effort to overcome poverty and build a better world through education, leading international education provider Study Group has partnered with not-for-profit development and humanitarian organisation Plan International on a Building Futures fundraising initiative since 2004.

Together, we have raised over £1m to deliver long-term, sustainable education projects, improving access to quality education for children and young people in Benin, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Indonesia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

More recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our approach by combining the funds we raise for Building Futures with other organisations to have a bigger impact. An example of this is our ‘Girls in Ghana’ project, where all the funds raised by Study Group are multiplied 6.25 times by the European Union. As a result, the scale of the development work is much increased and has meant that we have been able to support more girls in Ghana to get access to high-quality remote learning in the core subjects of Maths and English.

Jennifer Little, Co-Chair of Study Group’s Building Futures Committee shares her views on the Girls in Ghana project and the positive impact it is making:

“We are proud to be working with Plan International to improve the quality and access to education for girls in rural Ghana, using innovative technology and improving school learning environments.

“As part of this work, we are also funding projects focused on building teacher capacity, school governance and life skills among boys and girls and tackling negative attitudes towards girls’ education.

“Our main focus is on girls who are at risk of dropping out of school and providing support designed to help them make the transition from primary school to junior high school – a moment when many girls see their education end abruptly.”

Nikki Hall, Chief People and Transformation Officer at Study Group, shares how staff have supported the Girls in Ghana project this year:

“We are delighted Study Group employees and students globally are supporting our crucial work in Ghana this year and are excited to continue this vital partnership enabling children to get access to education.

“From on-campus fundraising events for Valentine’s Day to a book sale and charity auction at our office in Beijing China, through to direct payroll giving, our staff have worked incredibly hard to raise over £88,000 so far this year for the Girls in Ghana initiative and we’re very proud of their efforts and contribution to Building Futures.”

Emma Lancaster, CEO of Study Group adds:

“With a global walking challenge coming up in October, we’re aiming to raise more funds to support the Girls in Ghana project to make sure that thousands of children and young people will continue to learn during the pandemic.

“This includes supporting 9,000 girls to successfully transition to secondary school and helping over 31,000 children to gain access to better quality teaching remotely.”

Kirsten Atherton from Plan International comments on the partnership with Study Group:

“Our partnership with Study Group spans over 15 years and has raised over £1m to support education-focused international development projects all over the world.

“Here at Plan International, we are so proud of this partnership, which is changing the lives of children around the world who are facing challenges no child should face.

“Without this partnership, these children would not be able to reach education and be in control of shaping their future.”

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